Textron Reports Strong Third Quarter Financial Results; Earnings from Continuing Operations of $1.36 per Share Compared to $1.07 a Year Ago on 18% Revenue Growth

October 19, 2006

Books 100 Business Jet Orders/2007 Jet Deliveries Sold Out

Providence, Rhode Island – October 19, 2006 – Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today reported third quarter 2006 earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.36 compared to $1.07 in the third quarter 2005. Including discontinued operations, third quarter 2006 net income was $1.32 per share, compared to a loss of $1.20 per share a year ago.

Revenue in the third quarter was $2.8 billion, up 18 percent from last year. Year-to-date manufacturing cash flow from continuing operations was $636 million, resulting in free cash flow of $410 million.

"Demand continues to be exceptional in our aerospace, defense and finance businesses, with solid growth in our Industrial segment," said Textron Chairman, President and CEO Lewis B. Campbell. "Furthermore, strong operating performance allowed us to exceed our financial targets while continuing to invest in future growth."

During the quarter, Cessna received 100 new business jet orders, 35 of which are for delivery next year, which fills 100% of the company's 2007 delivery plan of 370 jets.

Outlook

Textron has increased its outlook for full-year 2006 earnings per share from continuing operations to a range of $5.25 to $5.35, with the fourth quarter expected to be between $1.35 and $1.45. The company remains on track to deliver full-year manufacturing cash flow from continuing operations of about one billion dollars and free cash flow in the range of $550 - $600 million.

Campbell remarked, "Strong end market demand through the rest of the decade, coupled with the benefits of our Transformation strategy and the power of our networked multi-industry model, position us to generate significant growth in earnings, cash flow and shareholder value."

Segment Results

Bell

Bell segment revenue increased $181 million during the quarter. U.S. Government revenues were up $145 million due to higher volume of Armored Security Vehicles (ASVs) and V-22 Ospreys and higher development revenue for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program (ARH). Commercial revenues grew $36 million due to higher aircraft, spares and service volumes, and higher pricing; partially offset by lower international military volumes.

Segment profit was down $22 million, reflecting a $14 million increase in U.S. Government profits, offset by a $36 million decrease in commercial profits.

U.S. Government profits increased due to favorable cost performance and higher ASV volume, partially offset by inflation. The favorable cost performance reflected $7 million in lower costs related to Hurricane Katrina and $6 million in improved program performance.

The $6 million of improved program performance was achieved in spite of negative year-over-year performance of $6 million in the H-1 program and $6 million in the ARH program.

On the commercial side, profit decreased $36 million in the quarter primarily due to a $13 million one-time benefit last year related to a collaborative research and development contract. The remainder of the decrease was primarily caused by higher overhead costs, and higher new product development costs, while inflation was offset by pricing.

During the quarter, Bell Helicopter received a total of 79 commercial orders, including 25 for the 417 and 429 models that are not included in backlog. Bell Helicopter's total backlog was $3.3 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2006, compared to $2.8 billion at year-end 2005.

Cessna

Cessna revenues increased $160 million reflecting higher volume of Citation business jets and favorable pricing.

Segment profit increased $45 million due to higher pricing, higher volumes and lower warranty costs, partially offset by inflation and higher R&D costs.

Cessna's backlog was $7.2 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2006, compared to $6.3 billion at year-end 2005.

Industrial

The Industrial segment's revenues increased $34 million due to higher volume, favorable foreign exchange and higher pricing, partially offset by the divestiture of non-core product lines.

Industrial segment profit increased $7 million due to improved cost performance and higher pricing, partially offset by inflation.

Finance

The Finance segment's revenues increased $57 million due to higher average finance receivables and a higher interest rate environment.

Finance segment profit increased $10 million due to higher net interest margin, largely attributable to the growth in core receivables, partially offset by an increase in the provision for loan losses.

Conference Call Information

Textron will host a conference call today, October 19, 2006, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its results and outlook. The call will be available via webcast at www.textron.com or by direct dial at (888) 428-4473 in the U.S. or (612) 332-0107 outside of the U.S. (request the Textron Earnings Call).

The call will be recorded and available for playback beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, October 19, 2006 by dialing (320) 365-3844; Access Code: 794266.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company operating in 33 countries with approximately 37,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this report and other oral and written statements made by Textron from time to time are forward-looking statements, including those that discuss strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; or project revenues, income, returns or other financial measures. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including the following: [a] changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact interest and foreign exchange rates; [b] the interruption of production at Textron facilities or Textron's customers or suppliers; [c] Textron's ability to perform as anticipated and to control costs under contracts with the U.S. Government; [d] the U.S. Government's ability to unilaterally modify or terminate its contracts with Textron for the Government's convenience or for Textron's failure to perform, to change applicable procurement and accounting policies, and, under certain circumstances, to suspend or debar Textron as a contractor eligible to receive future contract awards; [e] changes in national or international funding priorities and government policies on the export and import of military and commercial products; [f] the adequacy of cost estimates for various customer care programs including servicing warranties; [g] the ability to control costs and successful implementation of various cost reduction programs; [h] the timing of certifications of new aircraft products; [i] the occurrence of slowdowns or downturns in customer markets in which Textron products are sold or supplied or where Textron Financial offers financing; [j] changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; [k] the impact of changes in tax legislation; [l] the extent to which Textron is able to pass raw material price increases through to customers or offset such price increases by reducing other costs; [m] Textron's ability to offset, through cost reductions, pricing pressure brought by original equipment manufacturer customers; [n] Textron's ability to realize full value of receivables and investments in securities; [o] the availability and cost of insurance; [p] increases in pension expenses related to lower than expected asset performance or changes in discount rates; [q] Textron Financial's ability to maintain portfolio credit quality; [r] Textron Financial's access to debt financing at competitive rates; [s] uncertainty in estimating contingent liabilities and establishing reserves to address such contingencies; [t] performance of acquisitions; [u] the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products; [v] bankruptcy or other financial problems at major suppliers or customers that could cause disruptions in Textron's supply chain or difficulty in collecting amounts owed by such customers; and [w] Textron's ability to execute planned dispositions.

                             TEXTRON INC.
            REVENUES AND INCOME (LOSS) BY BUSINESS SEGMENT
  THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2006 AND OCTOBER 1, 2005
            (Dollars in millions except per share amounts)
                             (Unaudited)

                      Three Months Ended        Nine Months Ended
                  ----------------------------------------------------
REVENUES          September 30, October 1,  September 30, October 1,
                       2006         2005         2006         2005
                  ----------------------------------------------------
MANUFACTURING:
 Bell             $        855 $        674 $      2,443 $      2,076
 Cessna                  1,050          890        2,924        2,513
 Industrial                720          686        2,336        2,310
                  ----------------------------------------------------
                         2,625        2,250        7,703        6,899
FINANCE                    212          155          586          443
                  ----------------------------------------------------
  Total revenues  $      2,837 $      2,405 $      8,289 $      7,342
                  ====================================================
PROFIT (LOSS)
MANUFACTURING:
 Bell             $         67 $         89 $        201 $        247
 Cessna                    162          117          432          325
 Industrial                 28           21          131          134
                  ----------------------------------------------------
                           257          227          764          706
FINANCE                     53           43          158          120
                  ----------------------------------------------------
Segment profit             310          270          922          826
Special charges
 (a)                         -           (2)           -          (97)
Corporate expenses
 and other, net            (45)         (47)        (142)        (145)
Interest expense,
 net                       (23)         (23)         (70)         (69)
                  ----------------------------------------------------
Income from
 continuing
 operations
before income
 taxes                     242          198          710          515
Income taxes (b)           (67)         (52)        (200)        (167)
                  ----------------------------------------------------
Income from
 continuing
 operations                175          146          510          348
Discontinued
 operations, net
 of income taxes
 (c)                        (6)        (310)        (104)        (263)
                  ----------------------------------------------------
Net income (loss) $        169 $       (164)$        406 $         85
                  ====================================================
Earnings per
 share:
Income from
 continuing
 operations       $       1.36 $       1.07 $       3.90 $       2.53
Discontinued
 operations, net
 of income taxes
 (c)                     (0.04)       (2.27)       (0.80)       (1.91)
                  ----------------------------------------------------
Net income (loss) $       1.32 $      (1.20)$       3.10 $       0.62
                  ----------------------------------------------------
Average diluted
 shares
 outstanding       128,379,000  135,629,000  130,849,000  137,136,000
                  ====================================================
(a) The pre-tax profit and after-tax EPS impact of 2005 special
 charges are summarized in the table below:

                                                 2005
                                  ------------------------------------
                                  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
                                  ------------------ -----------------
                                   Pre-tax    EPS    Pre-tax    EPS
                                  --------- -------- -------- --------
Restructuring                          $(2)  $(0.01)    $ (6)  $(0.03)
Investment impairment                    -        -      (91)   (0.63)
                                  --------- -------- -------- --------
   Total from continuing
    operations                         $(2)  $(0.01)    $(97)  $(0.66)
                                  ========= ======== ======== ========
(b) Items included in the 2005 income tax rates for continuing
 operations are summarized in the tables below:

                        Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                          October 1, 2005          October 1, 2005
                      ----------------------- ------------------------
                      Pre-  Taxes  Net  Tax   Pre-  Taxes   Net  Tax
                       tax               Rate  tax                Rate
                      ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------ ----- -----
Income from continuing
 operations
before investment
 impairment           $198  $(52) $146  26.3% $606  $(173) $433  28.5%
Investment impairment    -     -     -     -   (91)     6   (85)  6.6%
                      ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ------ ----- -----
   Income from
    continuing
    operations        $198  $(52) $146  26.3% $515  $(167) $348  32.4%
                      ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== ====== ===== =====
(c) On August 11, 2006, Textron completed the sale of its Fastening
 Systems business. Discontinued operations, summarized by segment in
 the tables below, reflect after-tax impairment charges at Fastening
 Systems of $120 million recorded in the second quarter of 2006 and
 $299 million recorded in the third quarter of 2005.

                                                                     -
                                         Three Months Ended
                                --------------------------------------
                                September 30, 2006  October 1, 2005
                                ------------------ -------------------
                                After-tax    EPS   After-     EPS
                                                     tax
                                ---------- ------- ------- -----------
Fastening Systems                     $(6) $(0.04)  $(313)    $(2.30)
Industrial                              -       -       3       0.03
                                ---------- ------- ------- -----------
   Total                              $(6) $(0.04)  $(310)    $(2.27)
                                ========== ======= ======= ===========

(c) On August 11, 2006, Textron completed the sale of its Fastening
 Systems business. Discontinued operations, summarized by segment in
 the tables below, reflect after-tax impairment charges at Fastening
 Systems of $120 million recorded in the second quarter of 2006 and
 $299 million recorded in the third quarter of 2005.

                                            Nine Months Ended
                                   -----------------------------------
                                   September 30, 2006 October 1, 2005
                                   ------------------ ----------------
                                   After-tax   EPS     After-    EPS
                                                         tax
                                   --------- -------- -------- -------
Fastening Systems                     $(107)  $(0.83)   $(306) $(2.22)
Industrial                                3     0.03       43    0.31
                                   --------- -------- -------- -------
   Total                              $(104)  $(0.80)   $(263) $(1.91)
                                   ========= ======== ======== =======
                             TEXTRON INC.
                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                            (In millions)
                             (Unaudited)
                                            September 30, December 31,
                                                2006          2005
                                            ------------- ------------
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents                        $   771      $   786
Accounts receivable, net                             962          891
Inventories                                        2,128        1,712
Other current assets                                 404          464
Net property, plant and equipment                  1,630        1,574
Other assets                                       2,585        2,509
Assets of discontinued operations                    139        1,122
Textron Finance assets                             8,823        7,441
                                            ------------- ------------
    Total Assets                                 $17,442      $16,499
                                            ============= ============

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current portion of long-term debt and short-
 term debt                                       $     6      $   275
Other current liabilities                          2,660        2,426
Other liabilities                                  2,133        2,026
Long-term debt                                     1,728        1,659
Liabilities of discontinued operations               160          446
Textron Finance liabilities                        7,714        6,391
                                            ------------- ------------
    Total Liabilities                             14,401       13,223

Total Shareholders' Equity                         3,041        3,276
                                            ------------- ------------
    Total Liabilities and Shareholders'
     Equity                                      $17,442      $16,499
                                            ============= ============
                             TEXTRON INC.
                    CALCULATION OF FREE CASH FLOW
                               Q3 2006
                        (Dollars in millions)

                                           Third Quarter Year-to-Date
                                           ---------------------------
                                            2006   2005   2006   2005
                                           ---------------------------
Net cash provided by operating activities
 of continuing operations                  $ 310  $ 195  $ 636  $ 663
  Less: capital expenditures                 (87)   (69)  (216)  (196)
  Plus: proceeds on sale of property,
   plant and equipment                         1      3      4     13
  Less: capital expenditures financed
   through capital leases                     (9)    (1)   (14)    (3)
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Free cash flow                             $ 215  $ 128  $ 410  $ 477
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